Solar Installer

Certificate, 22 Credits

AVAILABLE IN: Albert Lea
PROGRAM STARTS: Fall
COURSE PLAN: Two Semesters
PROGRAM SHEET: PRINT

Applicants to the Solar Installer Certificate - Program should have a solid background in basic mathematics. Applicants should also have good reading comprehension skills in the English language. Applicants must meet minimum levels in math and reading comprehension skills before entering any courses in the program. Each applicant will take the CPT test prior to admission to the program to determine levels of math and reading comprehension skills. Applicants must have acceptable scores in both the math and reading comprehension portions of the CPT test or have completed the required developmental courses satisfactorily BEFORE entering the course. Applicants must have the ability to climb and work in confined spaces. Applicants must have the ability to work in adverse weather conditions.

Required Core Courses (22 credits)

  Course # Course Name Credits  
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ELEC1001
Introduction to Solar Photovoltaic

This course is a general introduction to photovoltaic energy, systems and components and how they work together. Also discussed will be terminology associated with solar energy and the technicians. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Solar Photovoltaic (NABCEP). Prerequisite: Acceptance in the Solar Photovoltaic Program. (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)

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ELEC1002
Solar Photovoltaic Safety

This course covers workplace safety practices and procedures for the solar industry. Proper techniques for climbing, working overhead safety, and working with mechanical and electrical systems will be covered. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Solar Photovoltaic (NABCEP). Prerequisite: Acceptance in the Solar Photovoltaic Program. (1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)

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ELEC1003
Site Evaluation and Solar Components

This course will provide an understanding of the process of site evaluation and solar components. Panel construction, operation, and maintenance characteristics will also be covered. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Solar Photovoltaic (NABCEP). Prerequisites: ELEC 1702, ELEC 1001, and ELEC 1002. (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)

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ELEC1004
Photovoltaic energy Storage and Power Supplies

This course will provide an understanding of energy storage methods. Also discussed are the two primary types of power conversion systems. Battery, controller, and inverters types and systems will also be covered. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Solar Photovoltaic (NABCEP). Prerequisites: ELEC 1702, ELEC 1001, and ELEC 1002. (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)

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ELEC1005
Photovoltaic Sizing/Calculations and Installation

This course will provide the necessary skills and knowledge to properly size PV systems based on required electrical loads. In addition, this course will provide specific calculations based on electrical loads and other environmental factors (i.e. ambient temperature) of the solar panels. Wiring installation based on NEC codes will also be discussed. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Solar Photovoltaic (NABCEP). Prerequisites: ELEC 1003 and ELEC 1004. (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)

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ELEC1006
Photovoltaic Permitting, Commissioning, Troubleshooting, and Maintenance

This course will cover basic photovoltaic technology that is essential to understanding over all layout, installation, operation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of electrical, electro-mechanical, and electronic equipment and systems. This course also covers permitting, inspection, and building codes and regulations. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Solar Photovoltaic (NABCEP). Prerequisites: ELEC 1003 and ELEC 1004. (4 Cr - 3 lect, 1 lab)

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ELEC1702
Theory I

This course covers the basic concepts of electricity including direct current. The basic study of atomic structure, current and voltage, power conductors, electromagnetic and insulators, and resistance, applications of test meters, circuit theorems, magnetic, and terminology are also covered. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (4 Cr - 3 lect, 1 lab)

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SMGT1230
Planning & Project Management

This course focuses on tools for managing and controlling projects with definite beginning and ending points. Emphasis is on managing projects with many complex activities and dimensions, and/or many simultaneous activities. Students learn to construct and use several project planning and control tools such as Critical Path Method (CPM), Activity Flow Network, Slack Time calculation and Gantt charts. Student plan a relevant personal work project using these tools. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Solar Photovoltaic (NABCEP). (1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)

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Last Updated: September 21, 2012